Five Years, with Neal Pike

Work in development.

Written and performed by Neal Pike, directed by Matt Miller

Upcoming shows and News:

  • October 2nd 2017: Nottingham Playhouse Neville Studio

We’re over the moon to have been chosen for a place in Nottingham Playhouse’s Playground Festival in October!

  • We are pleased to announce that Five Years has been chosen for a residency with the North East Artist Development Network (NEADn) based at Caedmon Hall in Gateshead!


  • Five Years was chosen as one of four performances for Square Scratch at Square Chapel Halifax. Here’s some of the feedback – 

·         Lots of impact, vivid, we began to inhabit the performer’s biography & world. Good physical use of the stage – the performer’s movement between the pages on the floor helped the monologue be dynamic.

·         Powerful, brave, thought-provoking

·         Brave performance!


Set in a special needs school in the 1990’s, Five Years is an autobiographical one-man show which combines spoken-word poetry, improvisation and direct address to ask ‘how do you find your own identity in an environment where you’re only defined as ‘special’? How do you remain optimistic when you’re encouraged not to expect too much of yourself?’ It’s a quiet shout, a voice for those differently abled, differently identified, marginalised and put down. Starkly honest, poetic, but with a clear eye on the light at the end of the tunnel, Neal Pike explores sexuality, friendship, loss and ambition against adversity.